Abba Kovner Evening: "The Ordeal of an Individual and a Generation" Part 2 (January 15th, 1971) This recording is from the audio collection of the Jewish Public Library of Montreal and was digitized as part of the Yiddish Book Center's Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library. Topics: Abba Kovner, Jewish Partisans, Vilna, Vilnius, Hebrew Poetry
Barry Goldstein's Yiddish translation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has just been released. Aaron Lansky visits with Goldstein to learn how and why he took on the translation. You can purchase the book here: http://cart.booksite.com/4382/shop/der-hobit-the-hobbit/ Episode 51 December 18, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Hobbit, Hobit, Yiddish Hobbit, Barry Goldstein, Yiddish translation, The Hobbit in Yiddish, Der...
The story behind the newly released Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary Professor Solon Beinfeld and Dr. Harry Bochner, editors of the new Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, visit with Aaron Lansky and share the story behind their soon-to-be-released dictionary. Episode 46 November 13, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst Massachusetts Topics: Tune in! Solon Beinfeld, Harry Bochner, Yiddish Dictionary, Yiddish-English Dictionary, Aaron...
Goodbye and Good Luck by Grace Paley. Taken from Jewish Short Stories from Eastern Europe and Beyond, a 10 CD set available from our store at GreatJewishBooks.com. Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Grace Paley, Short Stories
Aaron Lansky visits with Mark Cohen, author of the recently released Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman. We learn about Sherman - whose songs are legendary to a generation - and the representation of Jews in popular culture in the early 1960s. Cohen helps us understand who Sherman was and where he fits into the landscape of twentieth century Jewish comedians. Sherman influenced many great contemporary comics including Larry David, Jason Alexander, and Jerry Seinfeld.... Topics: Allan Sherman, Mark Cohen, Jewish comedians, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan...
In a visit with film historian Bruce Lawton, we learn about the early work of Danny Kaye - from his first appearances on stages in the Borscht Belt to his screen debut in four little known 'two-reelers'. Lawton will be presenting his multi-media presentation "Meet Nikolai Nikolaevich!...The Not Yet 'Re-Fined' Danny Kaye!" at the Yiddish Book Center on September 29, 2013. Episode 070 9/11/2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Danny Kaye, Borscht Belt, Bruce Lawton, Nikolai Nikolaevich, Yiddish Book Center
Aaron Lansky visits with Jeremy Dauber, author of the recently published "The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem." Dauber and Lansky discuss this most beloved of Yiddish writers, and we learn why it has taken almost one hundred years for a major biography of him to appear. Episode 074 December 20, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Topics: Sholem Aleichem, Yiddish writers, Jeremy Dauber, Aaron Lansky, Tune in!
Jordan Kutzik, senior fellow at the Yiddish Book Center, is overseeing the restoration and remastering of some 1,000 hours of archival recordings of Yiddish writers. In an interview with Aaron Lansky, Kutzik shares stories about the amazing content he's finding on these historic tapes and the surprises he's encountering in the process. Episode 49 December 4, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Jordan Kutzik, Aaron Lansky, Montreal, Jewish Public Library, Yiddish Book Center, Yiddish...
Naomi Jaye, director of "The Pin," shares the story behind this Yiddish-language film about two young people who experience love and loss while in hiding during World War II. The Pin (2013) is the first Yiddish-language film (with English subtitles) to be shot in Canada, and the second in North America in over 70 years. Episode 072 November 7, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: The Pin, Naomi Jaye, Yiddish film, Tune in!
Sephardic Studies professor and author Sarah Abrevaya Stein talks about editing the translation of a Ladino memoir into English and how her internship at the Yiddish Book Center shaped her understanding of Jewish languages. Episode 41 September 4, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Emma Morgenstern, Ladino, Salonika, Sarah Stein, Sephardic culture, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program,...
Dan Okrent, co-creator of Old Jews Telling Jokes Onstage, talks somewhat seriously about the comedic off-Broadway productionâor as he refers to it, his first project âspecifically designed to make people happy.â Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Tune-in, comedy, Daniel Okrent, Lisa Newman, Off-Broadway, Old Jews Telling...
Photographer Arnold Chekow visits with Aaron Lansky to share stories about the Yiddish cultural icons he photographed in New York in the 1960s. Episode 47 November 20, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Yiddish, photography, New York, Arnold Chekow, Aaron Lansky, exhibition
We visit with Myra Melamed, daughter of Yiddish singer Herschel Melamed, to learn about the recently produced CD, "Herschel Melamed: 18 Songs." - Episode 084 July, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Topics: Herschel Melamed, Yiddish songs, Tune in!
Aaron Lansky speaks with Mendy Cahan, the head of Yung Yidish and a moving force behind the surprising resurgence of Yiddish in Israel. Episode 55 February 26, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in! Aaron Lansky, Mendy Cahan, Yung Yidish, Yiddish, Israel
In a conversation with author, scholar, and cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar, Sebastian Schulman learns about Behar's Jewish Cuban roots, her family, and her immigration to New York. We also learn about an upcoming trip to Cuba that she will lead, as well as her recently published book Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys. Episode 60 April 23, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Ruth Behar, Cuban Jews, Jewish culture, Yiddish and Cuba, Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between...
This summer Christa Whitney took the Wexler Oral History Project out of the Yiddish Book Center's studio and into the field. Whitney tells us about the interviews she conducted in cities from Baltimore to Vilnius, and why she loves the opportunity to ask the important questions. Episode 42 September 11, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Baltimore, Christa Whitney, Emma Morgenstern, Fira Bromson, Jewish Public Library, Liba Augenfeld,...
Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter: "Language Culture and Culture Language" (March 18, 1972) Part 1This recording is from the audio collection of the Jewish Public Library of Montreal and was digitized as part of the Yiddish Book Center's Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library. Topics: Jewish Public Library of Montreal, Mordkhe Schaechter
We visit with author Alice Hoffman to talk about her latest work, "The Museum of Extraordinary Things." During our visit we learn about Hoffman's grandfather, a Yiddish writer whose work she found on the Yiddish Book Center's Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library. Episode 080 April, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Tune in!, Yiddish Book Center podcast
Jeffrey Yoskowitz, one of the founders of The Gefilteria, speaks with us about their new take on gefilte fish, beet kvass cocktails, Passover, and Jewish food. Episode 58 March 19, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: The Gefilteria, Jeffrery Yoskowitz, kvass, Jewish food, Passover
Aaron Lansky visits with Professor Devin Naar to discuss Ladino, the Judaeo-Spanish language which was developed in parallel with Yiddish. We learn about the origins of the language and Naar's groundbreaking work collecting Ladino books. Episode 085 August, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Ladino, Devin Naar, Ladino literature, Aaron Lansky, Tune In!
In a recent visit with Heidi Urich, co-chair of the IAJGS conference, we learned how Urich has spent the past twenty years working to build her family tree. Urich also shared a preview of what's in store at the upcoming conference on Jewish Genealogy that will take place in Boston August 4-9, 2013. Episode 68 July 23, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Jewish genealogy, IAJGS Conference, Heidi Urich
We visit with Anita Garlick, a ninety-year old 'sit-down' Jewish comedian who came to comedy late in life. Anita's comedy draws from her Jewish roots and her early exposure to the Borscht Belt comedians. Episode 082 June, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Anita Garlick, Jewish comedians, Borscht Belt comedians, stand-up comedy, Tune in!, Yiddish Book...
During a visit with Yiddish Book Center Steiner Summer Yiddish Program students Liza Wohlberg, Zeev Duckworth, and Michael Yashinsky, we learn what drew them to study Yiddish, what they've learned at the summer program, and how they imagine Yiddish will play out in their future. Episode 087 September, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Yiddish program, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, Liza Wohlberg, Zeev Duckworth, Michael Yashinsky
In a visit with author Jeffrey Veidlinger we learn how his recently published book, "In the Shadow of the Shtetl," tells the story of traditional small-town Jewish life in the years between 1917 and 1948. The stories, collected by the "AHEYM" oral history project at Indiana University, are drawn from interviews with over 100 Yiddish speakers. Episode 076 February, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, MA Topics: Jeffrey Veidlinger, shtetl life, AHEYM Project, Jewish life in the Urkraine
We visit with translator Faith Jones to learn about the recently published "The Acrobat: the Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin." Jones, who collaborated on the translation of Dropkin's (1887-1956) experimental poetry, shares a bit about the poet and reads a few verses. Episode 081 May, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in!, Faith Jones, Celia Dropkin, Yiddish poetry, Â The Acrobat: the Selected Poems of Celia...
We visit with scholar Sasha Senderovich to learn about The Zelmenyaners, one of the great comic novels of the twentieth century, now in a new English translation by Hillel Halkin. The translation, published by the New Yiddish Library, is a collaboration between Yale University Press and the Yiddish Book Center. Episode 64 June 11, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: The Zelmenyaners, Hillel Halkin, Yiddish translation, Yiddish Book Center, Yale University Press
Ruth Behar, an anthropologist from the University of Michigan, talks to Adela Dworin, president of the Jewish Community of Cuba in Havana. Last fall, Behar led a Yiddish Book Center tour to Cuba, where the group explored the Jewish history and culture in that nation, where an active Jewish community exists despite the fact that most Jews left after the revolution. Episode 094 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Ruth Behar, Adela Dworin, Jewish Community of Cuba
Last month at Tent: The South, we caught up with Macy Hart, director of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Southern Jewish Life, who talked with us about the history of the Institute and the role Jews have played in southern history and culture. Episode 092 November, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tent: The South, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Southern Jewish Life
Jeremy Cowan tells us how he combined his love of craft beer and of Jewish culture and literature to create his Shmaltz Brewing Company. Episode 95 March, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: He'Brew, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Jewish beer, Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Yiddish Book Center
In a conversation with Randy Settenbrino, owner of the Blue Moon Hotel in New York, we learn how he transformed a 19th-century Lower East Side tenement into a 21st-century hotel. Settenbrino shares the history of the building, once inhabited by immigrants and factory workers, and reminisces about the surrounding neighborhood. Episode 078 March, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Blue Moon Hotel, Lower Eastside, Randy Settenbrino, Tune in!, Yiddish Book Center
Tori Avey visits with us to talk about Jewish food and to share tips on making the perfect latke. A convert to Judaism, Tori is a "culinary anthropologist" and author of the award-winning "The Shiksa in the Kitchen," a food blog about Jewish cuisine. Episode 50 December 11, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tori Avey, Latke, Yiddish Book Center, Jewish food, The Shiksa in the Kitchen
The 'Grandma' behind Grandma's Chicken Soup tells us how she launched a mail-order chicken soup business. From her kitchen to your table (matzoh balls included.) Try a bowl, visit grandmaschickensoup.com Episode 079 April, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Grandma's Chicken Soup, chicken soup, chicken soup delivery, Tune in! Yiddish Book Center
Aaron Lansky visits with Scott Davis, publisher of the recently released "Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers," an edition of newly translated stories by Yiddish writer Jacob Dinezon. Episode 091 November 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: "Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers", Jacob Dinezon, Scott Davis
For more than thirty years, Murray Spiegel and his longtime friend Rickey Stein have been on a quest to translate the Four Questions of the Passover seder into as many languages as possible, recording people from around the globe as they ask the questions in their native language. On this episode of Tune In!, Spiegel tells us about the project and the book that resulted from it: "300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions: From Zulu to Abkhaz." Episode 96 March, 2015 Yiddish Book Center... Topics: The Four Questions, Murray Spiegel, Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Passover
Aaron Lansky visits with Professor Efrat Gal- Ed to discuss the work of researching and writing a biography on Yiddish writer Itzik Manger. Episode 57 March 12, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Itzik Manger, Professor Efrat Gal-Ed, Yiddish writers, Manger biography, Aaron Lansky, Tune in!
Symposium for English Language Jewish Writers (June 7th, 1964) Part 1 with Adele Wiseman, Ruth Roskies-Wisse, Melech Ravitch and Leonard Cohen This recording is from the audio collection of the Jewish Public Library of Montreal and was digitized as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library. Topics: Jewish Literature, English Literature, American Literature, Canadian Literature, Adele Wiseman,...
Sholem Aleichem: "Tevye der milkhiker (Tevye the Dairyman)." Read by Shmuel Atzmon This recording is part of the Sami Rohr Library of Yiddish Audio Books, a series of audio books and short stories featuring the greatest works of Yiddish literature read aloud in the original Yiddish. Recorded by native Yiddish speakers at the Jewish Public Library of Montreal in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the library's collection of "redndike bikher" (Yiddish Talking Books) and digitized... Topics: Sholem Aleichem, Shmuel Atzmon
Award-winning director Erik Anjou talks to us about his latest documentary project The Deli Man. Anjou has been traveling across the country in pursuit of the story of deli, including the deli man Ziggy Gruber. We caught up with him on the trail to learn about the film, the deli culture, and the people behind the counter. Episode 48 November 27, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Erik Anjou, the Deli man, Ziggy Gruber, film, Yiddish
Curator Laura Kruger discusses the work of artist Nathan Hilu. Kruger is the curator of "Nathan Hilu's Journal: Word, Image, Memory" which is currently on exhibit in the Yiddish Book Center's Brechner Gallery. Hilu's work draws on biblical stories and his Lower East Side surroundings. Episode 083 June, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Nathan Hilu, Laura Kruger, Jewish art, outsider art, Tune in!, Yiddish Book Center
Robert 'Itzik' Goldenberg has been a zamler (a volunteer book collector) for the Yiddish Book Center for the past 20 years. In a conversation with Aaron Lansky, Goldenberg recounts the adventures and encounters with Yiddish he's experienced as a zamler. Episode 54 January 29, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Yiddish Book Center, zamler, collecting Yiddish books, Aaron Lansky, Tune in!
Sebastian Schulman visits with scholar and author Dr. Jess Olson to learn about Olson's newly published book "Nathan Birnbaum and Jewish Modernity." Episode 66 June 18, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Dr. Jess Olson, Nathan Birnbaum, Jewish Modernity, Sebastian Schulman
Aaron Lansky visits with Christa Whitney, the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project director, to talk about her recent fieldwork in Poland and her new project to interview the children of Yiddish writers. Episode 65 June 11, 2013 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Aaron Lansky, the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish writers, Yiddish...
In a visit with curator Patricia Klindienst we learn how a simple postcard led her to reconstruct the story of Abram Spiwak and Sophie Schochetman - their immigration from Czarist Russia to America, their courtship, marriage, and the making of their life together. Klindienst's exhibit, No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration, and the Making of an American Family, tells the universal story of the emigrant through postcards, related ephemera, and photographs. "No One Remembers Alone"... Topics: Patricia Klindienst, Abram Spiwak, Sophia Schochetman, Jewish emigrant, Jewish immigrant, No One...
byMendele Moykher Sforim; Read by William Weinstein
The Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Rohr family of Miami and is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Perla Gelbard Rohr. Produced by the National Yiddish Book Center in cooperation with the Jewish Public Library, Montreal. Digital mastering by Soundstream Media Services, Northampton, MA. Topics: Yiddish, Audio, Audio Book, Yiddish Book Center, Mendele Moykher Sforim, Abramovitsh, The Nag
We visit with Aaron Rezny and Jordan Schaps, co-authors of the newly published "Eating Delancey." The book celebrates the delis and restaurants of the Lower East Side - including Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse, Russ & Daughters, Katz's Delicatessen, Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery, and Ratner's - and the classic food they're known for, through photographs, recipes, profiles, and personal reminiscences from celebrities ranging from Joan Rivers to Itzhak Perlman, Donna Karan to Jerry... Topics: Eating Delancey, Jewish food, Aaron Rezny, Jordan Schaps, Jewish eateries
For nearly thirty years Bess Selevan has been a zamler for the Yiddish Book Center. Over the years Bess has shipped over 3,600 books to the Yiddish Book Center. During our visit we learn what drew her to become a volunteer, what boxes she recommends for shipping, and much much more. Episode 086 August 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Zamler, collecting Yiddish books, Yiddish Book Center, Bess Selevan
Author, culture commentator, and scholar Ilan Stavans speaks with Josh Lambert about a program originally planned for November 2012. Yiddish con Salsa, a weekend program at the Yiddish Book Center has been scheduled for April 19-21, 2013. For more information and to register, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yiddish-con-salsa. Episode 43 September 25, 2012 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Education, Latin American Jews, Ilan Stavans, Josh Lambert, Tune in
Painter Felix Lembersky resisted the strictures imposed by the state during the Soviet era to follow his own artistic inclinations, at great personal cost. Joel Berkowitz, director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, talks about Lembersky's choices and his work, as the Yiddish Book Center hosts the traveling exhibit "Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context," on exhibit in the Brechner Gallery through March 2015. Episode... Topics: Felix Lembserky, Soviet art, Joel Berkowitz
In his new documentary, "Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream," director Michael Levine profiles the last family-owned matzo company in the U.S. and the integral role it's played for almost a century in its Lower East Side neighborhood. The film's release this spring coincides with a bittersweet development: the company's decision to leave the old neighborhood for a new suburban site. Episode 097 March, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in! Yiddish Book Center, Streits Matzo, Streits Matzo and the American Dream, Michael Levine,...